Today in Racing: 18 May

Piero Taruffi won his only win Formula 1 Grand Prix for Ferrari at the 1952 Swiss Grand Prix benefitting when Formula 1 switched to Formula 2 regulations after Alfa Romeo withdrew from the World Championship after 1951.

That left Ferrari as the only competitive team. Privateer Rudi Fischer’s Ferrari came home second, with Jean Behra third for Gordini at Bremgarten.

Maurice Trintignant scored a memorable 1958 Monaco Grand Prix win, the second in a row for Rob Walker Racing’s wieldy mid-engined Cooper-Climax against the cumbersome ‘horse in front of the cart’ Ferraris driven by Luigi Musso and Peter Collins. That race was also notable for being Lotus’ F1 debut, while Maria Teresa de Filippis became the first woman to race F1.

Also at Monaco in 1969, Graham Hill in Lotus Cosworth won his 14th and final grand prix from Piers Courage in Brabham Cosworth and Jo Siffert in another Lotus in what was both Cooper and Reg Parnell Racing’s final grand prix.

Carlos Reutemann’s Williams Cosworth meanwhile became the fifth winner in six 1980 grands prix ahead of Jacques Laffite Ligier and Nelson Piquet’s Brabham in Monaco. Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari beat Kimi Raikkonen in a McLaren Mercedes and Rubens Barrichello in the other Ferrari in the last Austrian Grand Prix for twelve years in 2003.

Elsewhere in racing on this day, Emilio Materassi’s Itala Hispano-Suiza won the 1924 Coppa della Perugina, Marcel Lehoux the ‘30 GP Bugatti in Staoueli, Algeria and Max Fourny’s Bugatti 37 the 1930 GP de Picardie. Post War, Eugene Chaboud won the 1947 GP de Marseille in a Talbot T26, while in world sportscars, Jochen Mass and Arturo Merzario’s Alfa Romeo T33TT won at Enna-Pergusa in 1976 and Sebastien Loeb won the 2008 World Rally Sardinia in a Citroen C4.

In other racing highlights on the day that Golden Era racer Toulo de Graffenried, F1 racers Jo Schlesser and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, sportscar legend Ralf Kelleners and Indy star Simon Pagenaud share birthdays, Simone Federmann won Italy’s first ever motor race driving a Daimler Omnibus from Turin to Asti and back in 1895. Kenelm Lee Guinness set a 136 mph land speed record in his Sunbeam V12 at Brooklands in 1922 and Graham Hill smashed the 170 mph mark in 1968 Indianapolis 500 qualifying in Lotus’ 56 turbine car.

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